Nov 14, 2017 - If you were accustomed to opening the Google App to see your Now cards, but are instead presented with an assortment of news you may. Jan 16, 2014 - Google Now finally invades the desktop in Chrome alpha build. Google's digital personal assistant has finally hit Chrome's alpha build. A settings window will appear and you'll see a heading for “Google Now Mac, Windows, Chrome OS. Google Now cards will then pop up on the desktop in the lower.
3:25 Before you can get Google Now on the desktop, you'll have to activate Google Now on your mobile device (either your phone or tablet). Google Now is available within the Google Search app on both iOS and Android. In either app, Google Now is in the Settings section. For iOS, click the gear, and turn on Google Now. On Android, you can go directly through the Google Setting app, then click Search & Now, and toggle Google Now to 'On.' You'll be able to set up your preferences from there. What you'll see once you get Google Now set up.
Screenshot by Iyaz Akhtar/CNET. To get Google Now on the desktop, download and install. Google Now was previously built into earlier unstable builds of Google Chrome. With Now coming to Google Chrome Beta, it's closer to being fully baked into the regular version of Chrome. When you open up Chrome Beta, log in using the same Google account you're using on your mobile device. Google Now notifications will appear in the Google Chrome Notification Center (it's that little bell you'll see in the menu bar on OS X or in the taskbar on Windows). If you don't see Google Now in the Notification Center, click the gear icon, then make sure there is a check mark next to Google Now.
If for some reason, you're still not seeing Google Now notifications, there is still hope. In Chrome Beta, type 'chrome://flags' (minus the quotes) in the address bar and hit enter. You'll be taken to an experimental section of Chrome where you can toggle features off and on. Find Google Now and set it to 'Enabled.'
You'll then have to restart Chrome Beta for the changes to take effect. In the case you're still not seeing the Now notifications, go back to chrome://flags, find 'Enable Rich Notifications,' then change the setting from 'Default' to 'Enabled.' Restart Chrome and it should be good to go.
Google says that Now on Chrome does not show the entire set of cards you'd see on your mobile device, but this is just the beginning of Now on the desktop. If you'd like to modify settings on Google Now, you'll have to go back to your mobile device to make those changes. Chrome Beta does not give you the ability to edit Google Now settings just yet.
After appearing in a developer build, Google that this week it will be rolling out Google Now notifications to the desktop through the latest beta version of Chrome. Google Now notifications were previously available to Android and iOS users, but can now be accessed through the Chrome notification center on Mac as well as through Chrome on Windows and Chromebooks. Google notes that Chrome will show a a subset of the cards that appear on iOS and Android including “weather, sports scores, commute traffic, and event reminders cards.” Here’s how to enable it.
Google Now Cards Hit The Desktop For Mac
So the next time you’re finishing up emails at your desk, Google Now might suggest that you leave the office a bit early to beat the heavy traffic on the way to your dinner date. To view the notifications, click on the bell icon on your desktop (on Mac and Windows) or the numbered box (on Chromebook) to open the Chrome notification center. The feature can be enabled for Chrome beta users by signing into the same Google Account used for Google Now on Android or iOS device. The feature is only available in English when it rolls out this week, but Google says it will be adding support for other languages in the future. Now that the feature has finally hit the beta channel, it won’t be long before Google rolls out Now functionality to all Chrome users.